Sunday, 9 December 2018

# Saints

Saint Juan Diego


The 9th of December is the feast day of Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (1474–1548). He is also known as Juan Diego. He is the patron saint of indigenous peoples.

Saint Juan Diego lived between 1474 till 1548. He was a poor but humble peasant, the lowest class of Aztec Indians in today’s Mexico. He had native name which was Cuauhtlatoatzin, it means “eagle that talks.” At the age of 50 he was baptised by a Franciscan missionary priest and took up the Christian name of Juan Diego. On the 9th of December 1531, which was the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Our Lady appeared to him as he went on his way to mass. She appeared as a pregnant Aztec princess on the hill of Tepayac in what is today’s Mexico City. She left her image on Juan Diego’s tilma as proof of her appearance to the local bishop. The image is now known as Our Lady of Guadalupe and the tilma can still be seen in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Saint Juan Diego was canonised in 2002 by Pope Saint John Paul II. He is the first indigenous saint from the Americas.

Image: Juan Diego by Miguel Cabrera, 1752

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

December 2, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, when you come to me, as to a mother, with a pure and open heart, know that I am listening to you, encouraging you, consoling you, and above all, interceding for you with my Son. I know that you desire to have a strong faith and to express it in the right way. What my Son asks of you is to have a sincere, strong and deep faith - then every way in which you express it is proper. Faith is a most wonderful mystery which is kept in the heart. It is between the Heavenly Father and all of His children; it is recognized by the fruits and by the love which one has towards all of God's creatures. Apostles of my love, my children, have trust in my Son. Help all of my children to come to know His love. You are my hope - you who strive to sincerely love my Son. In the name of love, for your salvation, according to the will of the Heavenly Father and through my Son, I am here among you. Apostles of my love, along with prayer and sacrifice, may your hearts be illuminated with the love and the light of my Son. May that light and love illuminate all those whom you meet and bring them back to my Son. I am with you. In a special way, I am alongside your shepherds. With my motherly love I illuminate and encourage them, that with the hands blessed by my Son, they may bless the entire world. Thank you.

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